Seriously stylish and ethically woven, our wool rugs are beautiful in more ways than one.
Seriously stylish and ethically woven, our wool rugs are beautiful in more ways than one.
Rugs are a fantastic way to give a room a style lift and make your home feel more comfortable and cosy, especially when such a warm and natural fibre as wool is used. Simply by picking out a rug with a new fresh design, a bit of colour, or something that calms the senses, you’ve instantly got a piece that helps to pull together all your other home accessories. It can also group together pieces of furniture, and even provide you with more seating space, making the floor suddenly a little more attractive to sit on.
But with dozens of types of rugs out there, it can be difficult to know which kinds of rugs you should be looking for (cotton, jute or a blend?), even before you consider colour and design! Whether you’re searching for a rug that’s suitable for your home, office, a playroom or practically any type of space, a wool rug is a solid option and URBANARA offers a wide range of both modern and more traditional styles. Durable, natural, soft and able to be woven and dyed into almost any type of pattern or finish, there’s rarely a wool rug that won’t do exactly the job you need it to.
Naturally anti-static, a wool rug will help your home look and feel fresh, and is a great choice for people who suffer from allergies. Because wool doesn’t soil easily and is effective at concealing dirt, it’s a practical material for a ground covering, especially in parts of your home that are exposed to a lot of foot traffic. Bear in mind, however, if buying for a children's bedroom or playroom, a brighter colour is a safer option dirt-wise than a cream or white rug.
Wool is flame retardant, but also soaks up airborne bacteria and odours in the home. Having wool rugs in your living room and bedroom will actually make your house safer and healthier to live in – so there’s no second guessing this fantastic floor material. Finally, wool is also a wonderful insulator against the cold, so can help reduce heating costs while keeping your rooms warm and your feet toasty. Because it’s a natural fibre, a wool rug will be better at regulating your temperature in the warmer months, so you’ll feel less uncomfortable on a woollen design in the summertime than if you had a synthetic one.
Be mindful that wool rugs aren’t suitable for placing in the washing machine, while many cotton rugs are. If you’re after something that’s machine washable, or if you’re looking in particular for a kitchen rug, you may find that cotton runners are better for your needs, of which URBANARA has a large selection.
The quality of the wool has a big impact on the overall design and finish of a rug. To achieve a long-lasting floor covering that’s durable and will still look beautiful after lots of use, high-quality, natural wool must be woven, thickly and tightly either by hand or machine, on a tapestry loom. Additionally, URBANARA sells a rug underlay made in Germany from polyester fleece. The underlay is designed to stop your rug from slipping, as well as to keep both floor and wool rug (or other fibre rug) in great condition, prolonging its life.
To produce high-quality wool, animals need to be well cared for. Prime wool is usually the first shearing from the season (sometimes referred to as new wool) and is taken from around the shoulders and neck of the animal. All URBANARA’s natural wool rugs are made using the best quality material and the finest grade fibres, generally with 100% pure wool. In addition to this, each and every one of URBANARA’s rugs is quality certified by an independent certification body to ensure that no child labour was used, and that each piece was made in fair and safe working conditions.
Our partner suppliers, in addition, are experts in rug manufacturing. Many of URBANARA’s wool rugs are hand-loomed or tufted by local craftsmen and women.
Wool rugs and runners are available in several sizes. Most common sizes are 140 x 200 cm, 160 x 230 cm, and 200 x 300 cm. The smallest rug size is suitable for placing under a desk or in a small living space. In a kid’s room, this small size is suitable for placing at the foot of a single bed. They are also a good size if you want to layer your rugs for a cosy, eclectic look and add a modern and on-trend touch to your home.
The largest rug is a suitable size for large, open, warehouse-style spaces, and will help segment or divide a room.
Runners are typically 70 x 180 cm, which are the ideal size for placing at the side or foot of a bed or in the kitchen in front of a stove or your sink. The extra-long runners, usually measuring 80 x 250 cm, are designed to fit in a long corridor or hallway, or behind an oversized sofa, helping to divide a big room.
Traditional designs are often available in wool because it’s a material that has been used for carpet weaving for centuries. Traditional rug designs are woven on a loom using a plain weave, or are tufted to produce a soft, lush pile. The higher the pile, the softer the rug will be. The majority of URBANARA wool rugs are made with 100% pure, natural wool for the ultimate in home luxury.
Traditional wool rugs with Oriental and Aztec designs look beautiful against hardwood flooring and light coloured tiles. Pair a wool rug with floor cushions or a pouf for an interesting and alternative look. Often, traditional wool rugs have fringing too, which provide a tidy finishing touch to a classic style rug. A cream, white or grey wool rug holds a timeless style, keeping a traditional look to your room without a danger of the piece ageing.
A modern wool rug can help to bring a little warmth and softness to a contemporary interior. For a fun, modern look, select one with a bold geometric pattern or in a bright, playful shade. A bright green wool rug, for example, will give energy and life to a room that is in need of a kick.
Modern rugs in more subdued colours, like grey, light blues or greens or a more natural colour such as cream or beige, are ideal for creating a calm atmosphere especially given the natural material used to make them. Just because a rug is neutral in colour, doesn’t mean it has to be boring: a chunky weave or patterned tuft can give a space depth and texture, helping to ad interest to a subdued colour scheme.
While it’s very uncommon to find rugs that are available in sets with other home furnishings, it’s still a good idea to think about how your rug will fit in with the rest of your decor – indeed, a rug can be the decorative element that ties everything together
If you’re decorating a whole room, it’s advisable to pick a rug you like first, particularly if it’s multi-coloured, then base the rest of your interior around it. Pick out a few shades to replicate in the rest of your furnishings or in other home accessories. For example, if your rug has shades of dark green or blue, you might like to select curtains in a similar hue to promote aesthetic harmony and balance.
One last thing to keep in mind is the lighting in the room: you might find that the colours in your decor change slightly once your table lamps are switched on (especially if you have warm light globes). Try to find something that will work with the ambience of your room. Grey, cream or white wool rugs usually stay faithful once it gets dark out.
If you’re looking for a new rug for a room that’s already decorated, start by identifying the colour palette in your room. Don’t forget to consider your sofa, the curtains, cushions and blankets and throws. Once you’ve understood your room’s colour palette, try to find a shade that compliments all or most of the colours.
If you want a bright rug, for example, bright green, yellow, bright blue or another secondary colour, make sure that it won’t clash with the biggest piece in your room: the sofa. A bright blue couch paired with a bright blue rug will be very overwhelming. A grey or cream wool rug is a timeless and stylish option for a more Scandi or modern look, and will combined well with a grey or most other colour schemes in your room.
URBANARA rugs come in many different styles and patterns. If you pick a bold and bright geometric pattern and reuse this motif in a large proportion, such as in your curtains or wall papers, this might look overwhelming or too busy. This can be especially relevant if you pick a rug in more striking colour tones, for example an ocean blue or bright green rug. Instead, pick up the pattern in the form of smaller home accessories, like cushions, a piece of artwork, or sofa throws. Alternatively, URBANRA offers patterned rugs in more subtle tones, such as greys, whites and browns, especially using the size and thickness of the wool weave to create contrasting designs. This allows for an interesting statement piece but one which is not overwhelming and offers a more timeless pattern, such as seen in Scandi inspired designs.
Whether buying a modern or traditional rug from URBANARA’s online UK site, you can shop confidently knowing that we take care to describe and picture each design in detail so you have a good idea of how it will look in your home. In addition, we offer free delivery to orders over £50 in the mainland UK, so you can shop comfortably from your home while browsing hundreds of unique designs.
If you find that your wool rug isn’t quite what you were looking for, you can return it free within 100 days, no questions asked. It’s our love at first touch guarantee, allowing you to shop confidently without annoying or inflexible terms & conditions.
If you’d like to ship your wool rug internationally, that’s possible too: simply get in touch with our friendly customer service team via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or give us a call between 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, Monday to Friday (GMT, call charges apply): +44 800 77 97 527.